The Tease by Nikki Pill

Anna Zendel is your average 32-year-old therapist, stressing about clinical exams and struggling to recover from an abusive relationship. But at night she transforms herself into the saucy burlesque dancer Velvet Crush, enchanting Chicago audiences with the art of the tease. As Anna struggles to keep the therapy and burlesque worlds separate and get over her crush on the troupe’s emcee, a new danger threatens women across the city. The papers have dubbed him the Darling Killer, because after strangling his victims, he scrawls the word “darling” on their skin. When one of Anna’s fellow dancers is murdered in the dressing room, she realizes that Darling Killer could be closer than she thought. Could Max, Anna’s new therapy client who confessed to fantasizing about dead girls and obsessing over the Darling Killer, have anything to do with the murders? As more women are murdered, and Anna begins receiving mysterious gifts, this burlesque dancer pits feathers and sequins against foul play in the deadliest dance of all.

I have a friend who introduced me to the world of burlesque and I have always been fascinated with the art form; so much so that I have considered taking classes so that I could do private performances for my partner. I think that is the main reason I got this book – it  melds two very separate lifestyles into one that works. I too have done something similar to this. Having a high stress job sometimes makes one do something that is so opposite, just to be able to finally get away from that stress and well, what a greater way to challenge one’self that to practice burlesque. I really enjoyed kicking back and reading this book


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